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2021 Kirkland Signature Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

2021 Kirkland Signature Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Right on schedule (summer time) here’s the new Kirkland Columbia Valley Cabernet.

We are finding this bottle right on the heels of the latest Kirkland Columbia Valley Red Blend that we thoroughly enjoyed. So you might be wondering which one to pick, and we’ll make our recommendation here in a minute.

Kirkland Signature Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

We did notice a small price jump in this bottle, up to $9.79 from $8.99. Otherwise, all looks pretty similar to the past vintage including the picturesque label design that came in a few years back. Same winemaker too.

We’ve been very consistent with our ratings on this bottle over the three years it’s been produced.

2018 vintage: 88 points

2019 vintage: 88 points

2020 vintage: 88 points

And our tasting notes remain consistent as well, even with this latest vintage. The wine pours a dark ruby in the glass with aromas of earthy black fruit and spice; flavors of dark fruit, blackberry, black cherry; pleasant throughout, but lingers just a while in the finish.

Compared to prior vintages, this one is still pretty solid, but we are going to bring the rating down a hair to 87 points. The finish just lacked a bit of the staying power we remember from prior vintages.

Kirkland Signature Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

At $9.79, it remains a strong buy. If you’re willing to spend a little more though, we’d opt for the Washington State Red Blend that represents a clear step up in quality (but also costs almost twice as much at $16.99) Rating:  87 Points

Costco Item Number: 1226845

Purchased at Costco in: Atlanta, GA (Kennesaw, GA)

Alcohol: 14.5%


Thursday 7th of September 2023

I found this wine weak. It doesn’t have much of what I enjoy in a Cabernet, regardless of origin. This may appear to have a pedigree, but in my estimation it’s a mutt. Costco has cheaper wines that are significantly better.

Tom Hopkins

Friday 4th of August 2023

We are usually pleased with the Kirkland wines, especially the Signature Series. But this one missed the mark. The price jump of almost a dollar is certainly not justified, nor the rating of 87, a drop from your 88 of prior years. We expect Columbia Valley Cabs, such as Chateau St. Michelle and H3, to be smooth and easy to drink. This one was neither, somewhat bitter with an aftertaste. We won't be buying again..........and we did not finish the bottle, not even close.


Wednesday 26th of July 2023

Thank you for your tasting notes - I do enjoy reading them. Wine is personal and we all have different tastes but it is nice to be pointed towards new wines or bargains & you are very good at that. Recommending a wine twice the price of the one you are judging is a touch strange I find though. In saying that I do appreciate your sensible scoring - there is no 94 points for some Garnacha you’d barely put in a stew!

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